Make Dreams Come True. Join SCORE Today.
Give back. Be a mentor. Help a small business owner succeed.
SCORE’s 10,500 volunteers give free, confidential small business advice to help hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs each year. SCORE business coachesmen and women, working and retiredcounsel hundreds of thousands of small business owners from nearly 400 offices nationwide.
All business counselors honor a code of ethics that ensures client confidentiality and professional conduct.
Please note below below is a list of skills that we still need to fill in on our portfolio and secure back up support.
- CPA/Tax Planner (back-up needed)
- Government Contracting
- Franchising (back-up)
- Medical/Health Business
- Labor/Human Resources
- Patents/Trademarks/Science Engineering (back-up)
SCORE Volunteers Contribute
As a SCORE volunteer you can:
- Share your success and expertise
- Lead workshops and seminars
- Provide online counseling directly from your home or office
- Serve in a leadership capacity with SCORE
Do I Have To Be Retired To Join SCORE?
No. Both retired and working professionals are welcome in SCORE, provided that no SCORE member may provide services to our small business clients for monetary consideration.
Why Do I Need To Meet With The Membership Coordinator And/Or Other Members Of The Membership Committee?
Before you begin the membership process, we want you to have the opportunity to learn more about SCORE and what is required from our members. For example, on average our members provide over 100 hours of volunteer service per year. We want all of our members to be active, attend monthly chapter meetings, and find SCORE personally satisfying.
The initial meeting, typically over lunch or coffee, provides an informal process to ask questions and exchange information about what SCORE does and what we expect from our members. This allows you, the prospective member, do decide whether on not SCORE can meet your volunteer expectations.
Why Does SCORE Interview Candidates Before Accepting Members?
Transferring business skills into counseling and mentoring situation requires different and additional skills than a business owner or manager may have used. The interviewing process permits both SCORE and the applicant to see if there is a good fit.
Why Do New SCORE Members Participate In A Training Program?
The orientation and training program permits the new member to understand SCORE’s mission, services, and opportunities with the organization. The Counselor Professional Development Program provides guidance on how to be a good business counselor and how to develop good listening, interviewing and problem-solving habits. Also, the training process is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with your fellow volunteers as we often refer clients to each other for specific skills, contacts or backgrounds.